HR Partner

Human Resources New York, New York

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.       

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, Houston, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.       
Leveraging guidance from the AVP of HR Partnership, Strategy, and Operations (“AVP”) and HR Partner team, the successful candidate will provide HR support to a specific portfolio of business units (client groups) across the organization. The role acts as a strategic HR consultant and coach to dedicated groups and advises subject matter experts within HR regarding programs and policies. The position must be able to consult and advise all levels of staff across a broad multitude of subjects, including but not limited to employee relations, performance management, talent and organizational development, compensation, diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) and employee engagement to recommend solutions and guidance that embody Earthjustice’s core values and strategic objectives. The successful candidate will need to collaborate closely with the HR Partner team to understand context, history, policies, and relationships corresponding to each client group in order to effectively deploy solutions and counsel.        
The position will be based in our New York office and will be required to work in-office at least once per week.        

This position is a full-time role and the staff member will be expected to work standard business hours eastern time Monday-Friday.       

Employee Support – (Full employee lifecycle) (65%)       
  • Build relationships with staff at all levels and be a trusted advisor in the areas of professional development, recruitment, performance management, benefits, compensation, and other HR functions. Elevate employee needs to appropriate HR team member for solutions as needed.
  • Implement effective employee relations strategies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Conduct and lead investigations related to employee claims and advise leaders, with support from the AVP of HR Partnerships and HR Partners as needed.
  • Collaborate closely with the Compensation team to manage the promotion process, ensuring equitable outcomes that adhere to both Earthjustice values as well as internal guidelines and policies.
  • Support performance improvement processes, leveraging performance improvement plans and collaboration with leadership to drive optimal outcomes.
  • Partner with AVP of HR Partnerships, HR Partners, VP Human Resources, and General Counsel in addressing complex employee relations and performance management concerns/issues.
  • Regularly coach managers as they navigate complex interpersonal and team challenges.
  • In collaboration with the Compensation team, conduct job description/position assessments and partner with Recruitment to support the hiring process in order to help client groups quickly meet capacity needs.
  • Partner with the Compensation team to provide input on compensation strategy and address compensation topics for staff as they arise.
  • Champion use of appropriate communication channels for employees to raise issues/concerns.
  • Identify internal or external resources to support staff with conflicts, mediations, or other interpersonal needs. Partner closely with the Community, Justice & Impact (our DEI) team regularly to deploy effective guidance and solutions for staff.
  • Report trends to HR team/AVP of HR Partnerships/HR Partners regarding employment or management practices that may not align with organizational values or may hinder employees from reaching their full potential.
  • Work with AVP of HR Partnerships and HR Partners to create insights from data to inform process and program improvements and share findings with key partners to develop and deliver a plan that links to HR strategy.
  • Communicate with employees regarding various concerns, providing prompt guidance and recommendations for timely resolution of issues.
  • Promptly address concerns related to applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar federal and state laws.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate our Earthjustice values of Justice, Partnership, Inclusion and Excellence.
  • Work with the AVP of HR Partnerships and HR Partners to manage the annual employee engagement survey, summarize results, and develop recommended action plan.
  • Initiate new hire and exit interviews and present high-level themes to management for continuous improvement.
  • Provide new hires with overview of HR functional areas, resources and support as part of onboarding process.
  • Support staff offboarding to ensure seamless transitions (managing exit interviews, checking in with departing staff to cover offboarding information, partnering with managers to strategize around backfills of vacant positions)
Change Management (20%)       
  • In partnership with HR and other departmental teams, implement change management plans that maximize employees’ understanding and adoption of new programs and ways of operating.
  • Encourage and support employee adoption of new HR technology, programs, and initiatives.
  • Develop communication plans and employee engagement plans to support successful roll out of projects/initiatives.
Team and Culture Building (10%)       
  • Partner with teams and staff across the organization to ensure staff members understand and can utilize the HR tools and resources available to them.
  • Communicate training and professional development opportunities to staff.
  • Share knowledge on utilization and satisfaction of various programs with the Talent Management team.
  • Create a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects.
Professional Development (5%)       
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; and maintaining personal networks.
  • Participate in trainings, webinars, affinity groups, and conversations to continuously deepen understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Travel — Occasional travel may be required to regional offices to hold office hours for HR related needs and/or to facilitate trainings.       
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of related experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in Human Resources; extensive experience in providing HR consultancy and managing highly complex employee relations cases is required.
  • Experience working in a workplace that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion progress strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing the offboarding process (both voluntary and involuntary separations).
  • Experience navigating performance improvement plans (PIPs) and coaching managers through performance challenges is a must.
  • Knowledge of employment law (multi-state), compliance, employee relations required, and experience collaborating with the General Counsel’s office.
  • Extensive experience in navigating complex employee relations cases as well as experience with appropriate HR documentation.
  • Sound judgment and discretion; able to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
  • Highly collaborative style and willingness and demonstrated ability to work in teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and develop strong working relationships in a way that builds and maintains trust.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • High level of emotional intelligence including self-motivation, self-awareness, empathy, ability to give and receive feedback, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Experience working in an organization with multiple offices—and across various time zones.
  • Ability to multi-task and be action oriented; exercise independent judgement and decision-making.
  • HR Certification preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, PHR) 
We offer a competitive salary and excellent, comprehensive benefits. We also offer a casual and congenial work environment. 
Salary range in New York, NY: $125,300 - $139,200      
To Apply:        
Interested candidates should submit the following materials via Jobvite. Incomplete applications will not be considered.         
  • Resume.
  • Cover letter. 
Information about our hiring process and tips for success can be found at Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only considers applications submitted for current openings via Jobvite. Unsolicited resumes or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via Jobvite will not be reviewed or retained. 
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are given equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.         
For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.             

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.